Mr Ulster

Working for a cohesive Northern Ireland society



Hope must lie with the children of Israel/Palestine

Hope must lie with the children of Israel/Palestine: Professor Padraig O’Malley talk at Queen’s University Belfast by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 21 October 2015 Professor Padraig O’Malley gave a bleak prognosis of the Israel/Palestine peace negotiations, calling the... Continue Reading →

Launch of #CivilSocietyNetwork

Launch of #CivilSocietyNetwork by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 2 October 2015 Just a few days before the event, an email was sent to people across the voluntary, community and business sectors, inviting all to the launch of the... Continue Reading →

Freeing up peace impasse with WD-40

Freeing up peace impasse with WD-40: The David Stevens Memorial Lecture by Rev. Harold Good by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 1 October 2015 At the third annual David Stevens Memorial Lecture, the Rev. Harold Good used a physical... Continue Reading →

Knitting together: CRC annual conference

Knitting together: CRC annual conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 28 September 2015 As Chair of the Community Relations Council, Peter Osborne, welcomed delegates to their annual policy and practice conference at Stormont Hotel, Belfast, he explained the event... Continue Reading →

Life objects: Tenx9 Belfast

I told a story at the Tenx9 event at Belfast's Black Box venue. Tenx9 is a series of monthly events, where nine individuals tell a true, personal story, for up to ten minutes (hence the title). There are six Tenx9 city... Continue Reading →

We need a politics of recognition not identities: Professor Rick Wilford

As part of his retirement from Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Rick Wilford was invited to present a lecture: “Two cheers for consociational democracy?” The Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings provided a most appropriate setting for his review of the structures... Continue Reading →

Time to stop tightening our knot: CRC Annual Policy Conference 2014 This year’s annual policy conference organised by the Community Relations Council considered how we might “Finish the Job” and find ways to resolve outstanding issues in the peace process. The conference attracted a wide range of practitioners, statutory agencies... Continue Reading →

Advice to new carers: Get support from wherever you can

This morning, I spoke about my experience as a carer, on Downtown Radio programme Daytime with Siobhan McGarry: Allan Leonard, in his mid-forties, suddenly found himself in a caring role for his spouse, Beverley, who suffered a severe stroke two... Continue Reading →

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch Thousands of people across Northern Ireland provide care for others throughout the year. Carers Week is organised by several charities that come together to celebrate this contribution,... Continue Reading →

More RESPECT for good relations: The power of sport

Londonderry YMCA, in partnership with the University of Ulster (Magee), held a conference (29/11/2013) to "raise awareness of the power of sport in building more peaceful, prosperous, healthy, inclusive and welcoming communities". Entitled "Sport for Development in a Post Conflict... Continue Reading →

Not a cosy conversation: Victims and survivors conference

The Commission for Victims and Survivors (CVS) convened a conference “to listen to as many voices as possible” in forming its advice to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the CVS Commissioner Kathryn Stone explained. The... Continue Reading →

Platform for Change: Haass Talks. Discuss.

Platform for Change: Haass Talks. Discuss. by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 25 November 2013 Platform for Change held an evening roundtable discussion event, to review the current status of the Haass talks, which are focusing on flags, parades... Continue Reading →

Learning Together: NI21 Party Conference

Learning Together: Maximising Common Education NI21 Party Conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 16 November 2013 At the NI21 inaugural party conference at the Europa Hotel, I chaired a fringe meeting to explore how shared and integrated education... Continue Reading →

Women: Dealing with the Past

Women: Dealing with the Past A Shared Learning Workshop by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 12 November 2013 Well over 100 women participated in a workshop event on the topic of dealing with the past. Organised by the Women's... Continue Reading →

Jobs and Freedom for Northern Ireland

Sponsored by the US Consulate Belfast, the Washington-Ireland Programme and Politics Plus, Chris Lyttle MLA hosted a remembrance event at Parliament Buildings for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, with Martin Luther King Jr's... Continue Reading →

The fate of peace: President Obama in Northern Ireland

My marriage is a transatlantic union between a Midwesterner and a Belfast-born Northern Irishwoman. Fittingly, my wife and I were delighted to receive tickets to hear another Midwesterner, President Barack Obama, at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. With DJ Pete Snodden playing... Continue Reading →

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